Assignment 2 – Philosophy Statement Due: WEEK 10 Worth: 30% “The philosophy of a program is the framework and guide for how it will work” (Bisback & Kopf-Johnson, 2010, p. 16). In this assignment, you will individually or in pairs formulate a philosophy statement that promotes problem solving and relationship building with children in your out of school care program. You are seven years into your career in Early Child Care. You feel now is a good time to open your own child care facility. You have decided that this facility will focus on school-aged children, specifically in an after school program based in a local school, where you have rented space and have access to the library, recreational facilities, kitchen facilities and their equipment. You will prepare a one or two (2) page statement on your out of school care program philosophy. Part 1 (10%): Prepare a 2 page report summarizing the following: a. Your interview of school-age child/children to discover what they want to do in their program. b. Your observation of a school age program. c. Your interview of at least one (1) family with school-age child(ren) in order to find out what is important to each family (culture, family diversity, education, recreation, etc.). d. School age child care legislation for Alberta. e. Your review/research of documents that highlight Canadian school age quality indicators. f. Your review/research of other Canadian out of school care philosophy statements. Part 2 (20%): Your philosophy should include the following components:
1. A statement of beliefs: • As a care provider, how and what do you think about children’s care and development? • Clearly define what you believe about a child’s developmental strengths and needs. In your opinion, what is most important developmental area, or the biggest need school aged children have.
2. Include in your statement how parents and the local community can help shape your program philosophy. • What can they help with or how can they support?
3. A definition of the role of the educator • Consider whether you value educator-led activities, or student-led activities. Educators can actively lead a child’s learning, structure playtime, and present new information, or they can allow the child more independence to explore these areas for themselves. When developing your philosophy of child care, decide what sort of role the educator should play, and why you feel this way
4. A statement of the goals or expectations of your out of school care program • How do you think a child learns best? You will have to discuss your ideas about the range of activities included in your program that should lead to every child’s benefit, regardless of individual intelligences’ (Gardner).
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